This property includes the main house, studio, horse stable/workshop, log cabin, timber/turf storage shed and horse shelter. It is situated in one of the most beautiful areas of Ireland near the Wild Atlantic Way with many tourism opportunities. Accumulated data over the last 5 years show that the average daily energy consumption for this house is 2.54kWh or 159kWh/m2/year. Comparably it turns out to be a rating of C2. The official BER rating, which is done by a non-calibrated computer program, is D2.
The main house has a floor area of 139m2 (1496ft2) and includes a living room, study, kitchen, bathroom, utility, two bedrooms, double glazing, underfloor heating, 2 Jotul stoves, wheelchair access, 4G broadband and a lean-to turfshed. It is an extended stone built house, renovated and restored in 1998 from a traditional cottage. An extension to the north side, facilitating modern pipe work and a wet area, is built in brickwork. The roof is constructed with heavy Spanish slates and insulated with sheep wool. The windows are double glazed and five Velux windows provide daylight and ventilation in the kitchen, utility and bedrooms. The bathroom has a free standing cast iron bath and a shower with a glass wall separation.
The studio has a floor area of 88m2 (952ft2) and includes a hall, kitchen, living/workshop with a high ceiling and two light domes, and an en suite bedroom. There is a carport for 2 cars and oil fired central heating with rads in all rooms. At the south side there is a big window frame with two French doors with access to a terrace. The window frame is covered by an electric operated roller door. The studio is built in block work with a cavity and is plastered on the outside. The sloping roof allows good drainage and good grass growth during the season.
The horse stable/workshop has a floor area of 70m2 (754ft2) with a sliding door, a chimney for a stove, lights, sockets and water taps. It is a distance of 25 meters north of the studio and is built in block work with a cavity and plastered on the outside. There are four windows on the north, east and south side and two big sliding doors at the entrance. The two horse stables have prevention barred windows, with drink nipple, waste drainage and a loft for hay storage. The small workshop has windows on the north and east, a chimney for a stove, lights, sockets and water taps.
The log cabin has a floor area of 90m2 (968ft2) and includes a living area with a Jotul timber stove, a built-in double bed, a kitchen corner with sink and a gas-hub, bathroom, and bedroom. It is situated halfway between the cottage and the estuary with 200 metre acces to the seashore. The dimensions are 50′ x 20′, including timber/turf storage. There is one bedroom with two beds which can be turned into bunk beds, and a ‘bath’-room with toilet and basin. In the kitchen and bathroom are two cold water taps. The toilet is a modern compost toilet without flushing water. Electricity is provided by a generator. There are oil-lamps, candles and led-lamps. The log cabin is fenced all around. At the rear is a small plantation with different species of trees, oak, sweet chestnut, alder, sycamore, and hawthorn and a small patch for garden furniture.
The timber/turf storage shed has a floor area of 32.5m2 (350ft2) and a concrete floor and sliding doors. This shed is built with new pallets and is very well ventilated so turf and firewood dry quickly and easily. A concrete floor makes moving easy and two sliding doors on rails serve an opening of 3.20 meter.
The horse shelter has a floor area of 38m2 (410ft2) and has water taps, storage for hay/straw, and a trailer port for 2 trailers. It is 100 meters south of the studio and is built out of 170 logs with two entrances, one for animals inside, one for storage outside the fence. A sloped grass roof with EPDM membrane covers the roof area. There are two taps and one water nipple for the animals.
Extras include a Fordson Dexta tractor (35 hp with adjustable double wheels), a forklift, 30 heavy duty pallets 1200 x 1000mm, double axe trailer (2 ton), complete underground infrastructure to establish three small wind turbines or a battery of solar panels which could take up 12kWh of power, infrastructure for a water-to-water heat-pump for the main house, and a Cheetah electric fence system in the horse shelter which provides electricity for about 6 kilometre of wire.
Caherciveen is a small town 3 km from the property with 1200 inhabitants, three supermarkets, two banks, filling stations, restaurants, pubs, shops, a hospital, primary and secondary schools, health care centres, etc. Killarney and Tralee are one hour drive with train stations connecting the region to Dublin and Cork. Kerry Airport with direct flights to Dublin, UK and Germany is also one hour drive. Cork International Airport is a 2.5 hour drive and has two direct flights to Amsterdam and European destinations every day.